The Worcester Art Museum’s collection of Dutch and Flemish art consists of approximately 100 paintings, 25 drawings, and 400 prints. The paintings collection ranges from fifteenth-century Netherlandish altarpiece fragments to seventeenth-century Dutch genre paintings. Among these works are examples of exceptional quality, such as The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Quinten Massijs ; an Antwerp School St. Jerome in Penitence ; Smiling Young Man Squeezing Grapes by Gerrit van Honthorst ; St. Bartholomew by a member of Rembrandt’s circle ; a large format genre scene of An Old Woman Praying by Nicolaes Maes , a portrait of Frans Post by Frans Hals, A Game of Tric-Trac by Judith Leyster , a rare seascape View of the IJ on a Stormy Day by Jacob Ruisdael ; and the superlative Interior of the Choir of St. Bavo’s Church at Haarlem by Jan Saenredam . Most of the seventeenth-century Dutch paintings are shown in medallion-style hangings as part of the Museum’s 2013 initiative to reinstall Old Masters galleries to encourage close looking. The print collection comprises extensive holdings of Goltzius impressions, including The Great Hercules . The collection of Rembrandt prints includes an impression of Rembrandt’s Christ and the Samaritan Woman and the accompanying copper plate .
Claire Whitner, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of European Art (December 2019)